Today, the animal rights activist group Direct Action Everywhere, or DxE, released a new type of footage from inside an industrial pig farm. Activists infiltrated Circle Four Farms in Milford, Utah, one of the country’s largest pig production facilities. They used newly developed virtual reality cameras to record the horrific conditions for sows and piglets.
Much of this evidence flies in the face of claims by Smithfield Foods, Circle Four’s parent company, that they either are improving or have improved conditions for pigs at their facilities. Smithfield has not responded to a request for comment.
For more on this story, KBOO reporter Sam Bouman spoke with Cassie King, an organizer with Direct Action Everywhere’s Berkeley chapter. King begins by describing the group’s strategy of open rescue.
Our listeners should know that the following audio contains descriptions of animal abuse.